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Dikshit says, honour killing a family issue
New Delhi, Jun 23 (Agencies):
Published on 23 Jun. 2010 11:49 PM IST
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Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday termed as “very disturbing scenario” the incidents of ‘honour killing’ in the national capital and in the same breath added that it was a family’s internal issue.
Condemning the incidents, Dikshit said there was a need for raising awareness against the menace. “I condemn the incidents. This is a very depressing scenario and one feel extremely pained. It is so upsetting... we have never heard of it,” she said. She also added that this was an internal issue of the family and police men could not be stationed in every house. Dikshit asked the police to be “alert” and said such matters should be dealt with “promptness”.
The Chief Minister also termed such incidents as “disturbing”, saying: “I am very concerned and worried.
This is plain and simple murder, there is no honour in it.” Awareness and stringent punishment to the guilty could be the solution to ensure that such incidents do not happen, she added.
The CM, however, refused to comment on the issue of Khap panchayats. In a suspected honour killing case, a couple and one of their relatives were killed by family members in the capital for marrying in another caste.
Family members allegedly murdered Monica along with her husband Kuldeep on Sunday, while body of 22-year-old Shobha, a cousin of Monica who too had eloped with a man belonging to a different caste, was found on Monday.
The family members today justified the killing in the name of society honour. In another case of honour killing, a 19-year-old girl and her boyfriend were brutally tortured and electrocuted to death in Swaroop Nagar area of the city last week for wanting to marry against the wishes of her family.
Meanwhile, the family of Mandeep, who is one of the absconding accused in Delhi’s sensational triple murder case, has justified the honour killing of Kuldeep, Monica and her cousin Shobha, said reports Zee News on Wednesday.
Dharamveer Nagar, who is the uncle of Mandeep and co-accused Ankit, said that the killings were necessary for upholding the family’s honour. The third accused in the case is Nakul, who is said to be Mandeep’s friend.
Nagar also said that legal support would be provided to the accused by the family.
The shocking claims from Mandeep’s family came at a time when Delhi Police has declared a reward to any one providing crucial information that can help it locate the killers.

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